Arsenal need Sami Khedira, says former Gunners striker

John Hartson urges the Gunners to sign Sami Khedira in January

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Arsenal need to sign Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, according to John Hartson.

Arsene Wenger’s side were heavily criticised after throwing away a one-goal lead to lose 2-1 to Swansea City at Liberty Stadium.

The Gunners have been regularly linked with Germany international Khedira since the end of last season, but a move has failed to materialise.

And former Arsenal striker Hartson wants the Gunners to capitalise on the fact that the midfielder is out-of-favour at the Bernabeu.

“A defensive midfield player should offer protection. I like Mikel Arteta but he doesn’t have the presence, while Abou Diaby can’t string matches together,” Hartson told Goal.com.

“I see Calum Chambers eventually playing there but the summer buy from Southampton is needed elsewhere just now.

“Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira has been linked and, although it would cost them £40m to get his signature, Arsenal have the money and can’t afford not to spend it. If they can’t get him, Javi Martinez at Bayern Munich would fit the bill.”

Khedira has won La Liga, two Copa del Rey cups and Champions League during a four-year stay at Madrid.

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